Inspired by summertime dinner parties thrown for family and friends in their beachy backyard, Rob Anderson and Loic Rossignon have teamed up with Provincetown food-industry veteran Thomas Pucci to open The Canteen, a unique take on the classic New England summer shack. Opened in May 2013, The Canteen is a gathering place for the perfect summer meal: fresh, full-flavored food and drinks served in a beachy environment by friendly people.
The Canteen uses high-quality ingredients to create summer fare, including perfected versions of Cape Cod favorites like lobster rolls, fish and chips, chowders, and a raw bar. In addition, the menu features other shorefood classics including summer salads, fritters, grilled seafood, house-made sausages, house-cured fish, and desserts like apple pie ice cream sundaes and made-from-scratch popsicles.
Housed in a 200 year-old wharf building (that also serves as Rob and Loic’s home), The Canteen’s communal dining room opens onto the bustle of downtown Provincetown, steps away from the ocean and the historic Atlantic House. Rob, Loic and Tom hope The Canteen carries on the grand tradition of Provincetown’s most storied restaurants, and quickly transforms into a comfortable, casual place that summer tourists love to visit year after year and locals are proud to call their own.
While working as an opinion journalist for outlets like The New Republic in Washington, D.C., and the Boston Globe’s editorial page, Rob was repeatedly urged by his closest friends to give up journalism for cooking. (Because they hankered for his food, not because they hated his writing!) A graduate of the International Culinary School in New York, Rob visited Provincetown on vacation three years ago and hasn’t left since.
Tom first made his mark on Provincetown’s food scene with Pucci’s, a beloved restaurant he owned with his sister and brother for over two decades. Famous for his secret chicken wing recipe and his impressive vegetable and herb garden, Tom has been a Provincetown resident for most of his life. (In fact, one of his first jobs in town, at the age of 19, was doing odd jobs and shining shoes in an apartment above what is now The Canteen!)
Dubbed the “Swiss Army knife” while attending banking school in France, Loic is famous for saying “Yes” first and “Let’s figure out how to make it happen” second. As a Provincetown resident for well over a decade, Loic has done it all, from working in real estate and restaurants to building Carnival parade floats, owning a catering company, and volunteering on different community boards. He is a graduate of the International Culinary School - Restaurant Management program - in New York.